science education

The Report Card: SCIENCE

By |2019-03-20T18:08:34-04:00June 17th, 2009|Blog|

GRADE: C The debate around the role of creationism in American high school science classrooms continues to evolve. Although the courts have rebuffed creationist attempts to re-brand their religious message as “intelligent design,” creationists continued their assault on science in the classroom with urges to “teach the controversy.” Texas, the nation’s second largest purchaser of high school textbooks and therefore [...]

Critical thinking, teaching the controversy, and unproven belief roundup

By |2019-03-15T16:11:29-04:00January 16th, 2009|Blog|

Louisiana: On January 13, 2009, Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education passed a policy that gives teachers more leeway to use materials outside of the science textbooks. Supporters say this would foster critical thinking in students, critics says that this is merely a guise for permitting creationism in classrooms. Crack the code: how “critical thinking” is used to support [...]